April 25, 2017

The Latest Blogger Scandal And The Power Of The Internet.

Yep, I'm talking about it!

To be honest, I don't really know what that whole scandal thing was about. I know there was something to do with buying followers and social media stuff. But, to be honest, I don't really care. So, why am I writing this post? Because the reason why this blew up is not important, the fact that it was even an issue is what's important - at least in my opinion.

We live in a world where social media dictates almost everything. If Kylie Jenner colors her hair a certain shade of blue or green, it becomes news. People want to know why, how, where and if they can pull it off too. Today, I'm not going to get into all of that (that's a topic for another post). Blogging has become a business and a career path for a lot of people and in this scenario social media is the most important tool. Sugar Bear vitamins, ''waste training'' devices, certain makeup brands  these are just a few of the many examples of this trend. So, if you think about it this way, is buying followers worth all that hype? 

I see buying followers the same way as I see paying people to promote you product. I don't like, I don't think it should be a thing, but it's the reality and I don't feel insulted by it. Buying followers nowadays is a business strategy in a world we all helped to create. People only buy followers because they are taken more seriously if they have a certain number showing in their social media profiles. And that's everybody's fault. If we all contribute to this vicious cycle, why are we so offended by it? And another thing: why does it bother you so much? It's not changing anything in your life directly, only if you're the one doing the selling or the buying of said followers. 

People get too caught up on social media because they feed off of it. It's not only a tool for business, but it's a tool for people who don't have much going on in their lives to create drama in order to occupy themselves. They make everything about themselves, they take everything too personally and they care about things that don't matter. Social media is powered buy our demands, it has the exact same amount of power in our lives as we want it to have. We glorify certain "internet celebrities", we give them so much power over us and what we buy and then we get angry when other people start playing the same game (with cheat codes). My point is: if we didn't care so much about social media, buying followers wouldn't even be a thing.

I can't tell you when or how blogging started, but I really think people were not planning on blogging ever getting this big. And now we're not sure what the rules are. We don't know what's right and what's wrong and people start to make justice with their own hands. They start exposing people, overanalyzing everything a person says to find a lie or a contradiction simply because they feel like it or because they were bored. People are so mean and in real life we can just cut them off. We can distance ourselves, we can stop answering their calls and delete their number. But the internet is everywhere. It's the first thing most people check right when they wake up and the last thing they see before falling asleep. It's hard not to let something this big and this powerful run or ruin our lives. It takes a lot of strength.

The strength social media has is the strength we give to it. It was create and it's used by humans and it has already proven it's power to blow everything out of proportion and to amplify whatever it is we give to it. When we give the internet ''good'', it helps us reach people that are feeling lonely, it brings people together to help someone pay for their students loans, their beauty school tuitions or a very expensive surgery, it helps lost dogs find their owners and all of that good stuff. When it give it "bad", it ruins people's careers or their reputation and it may even lead people to commit suicide. The internet is not a joke anymore, it's something to be taken lightly. 

To sum it all up, how can you get so angry and feel so insulted by something you helped create? By a mindset you're part of? If you don't want people buying followers, don't give so importance to the amount of followers a person has, don't buy into every trend ''internet personalities'' starts, don't glorify them. It's ok to look up to someone that has a big online following, but don't take everything so personally and make everything about you.

I think the main problem with the way social media has squeezed into our everyday lives is that it constantly bring the focus to one person. We're either obsessed with our faces when we're facetuning our selfies or we're obsessed with another person's face or body and we're comparing them to ourselves. Social media makes it hard for us to think about anybody else but ourselves and that's just sad if you ask me. When we come together as a group, we humans can accomplish a lot and we need people to remind us of that.

 What do you think about it?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon.


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